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Sep 7, 2010 7:30am PDT
staunch advocacy for chinatown's architectural heritage and his unwavering protection of chinese-american heritage, something that is very lacking, unfortunately, it in our city. as an architect, working on many products for the city, i was always painfully aware of the need to maintain good progress and good standing in a timely manner, approvals and a timely manner. as far as i know, there were very unforgiving deadlines that often even my clients called me and a rush and said it isn't that permit expiring? i would say, yes, you are right, i will jump on it and make sure we get our proper paperwork and applications into the process. the application of laws should not be -- should not differ from one person to another. it should be applied evenly to all people. in this case, jason bley informed me a year-and-a-half ago that he was concerned about the project early on because of the approval process, but because the project was not a hearing to its approvals. that it was forming work that was outside the scope of the approval, that it did not have a preservation architect, that s
Sep 7, 2010 6:30pm PDT
by the chinatown community development center, and the garage and the community red cross -- self help for the elderly, and the department. >> we will have public comment. >> richard fong and annie chung. can you come forward? >> a good afternoon. i am the president and ceo of stand up for the elderly. i have a short letter to reveal. i hope that you will approve of this project, and we have about 20 people here, and in the interest of time, instead of asking all of the seniors, i will speak for all of them. i think self help for the elderly is going to be a partnership that will work closely with the team for mr. ginsburg, so that many of the community groups will be able to get use of this space. the committee -- we have come together twice and every group is more enthusiastic about providing services. >> please continue. >> thank you. we'll be inviting the city departments to talk about the elections and language services, and more importantly, what ever the community needs in terms of health care and public safety, housing and transportation services, children's services, these are
Sep 2, 2010 1:30am PDT
of supervisors' offices, transportation authority, commission, spur, chinatown community development center and sfmta staff. it's a very robust committee that is looking at finding ways to patch our funding deficit or our funding gap. in july staff submitted a response to the financial capacity assessment. we haven't gotten anything back yet, but the response is that it was looked at favorably. on the financial capacity forecast, staff is working on operations maintenance cost update. we are expecting to submit that to the f.t.a. later this month as well as the draft state of good repair report. in september we have to submit our financial plan to the f.t.a. under real estate acquisition, there has been a flurry of activity going on. we've made submissions to the chinatown property owner and mosconi propertier own, the two sites we will be building on in june. we made suggestions to the last resort housing plan in june. that actually was approved by the f.t.a., or they gave us favorable comments back july 13. and then resolutions of necessity of board and supervisor packages for both the mo
Sep 6, 2010 12:00pm PDT
at pal station. it then proceeds on to chinatown station and then on out where we extract it. mosconi station will be the first undergration station traveling north. it will have a -- an entrance. we are acquiring the property. that property is in this area right here. this is where the surface entrance to the station is going to be. the station will be designed to have a concourse and a center platform designed to accommodate both two-car trains and the mosconi station will be located on 4th between howard and folsom. the union square market street station will be the second underground station traveling north. it will be the deepest station because of the bart tunnels that we will be closing. this station will be two entrances at the surface. one entrance will be near the existing apple store -- i am sorry. i am struggling with the mouse here but it is at the far left of your screen. but the other service entrance will be at the union square plaza. there will be direct entrances at the union square grand jury at the north end. our third station of course will be the chinatown statio
Sep 21, 2010 11:30am PDT
and king street to chinatown. there is a service station on brandon and for, and then it goes into a portable under the i-80 freeway. then it moves along fourth street and stockton to move up to union square, chinatown. in january this year, the transportation authority authorized the final design for the project. later in march, the transportation authority board adopted a budget of $1.5 billion, he residence service state of august 18. to date, from the inception of the project, $60.3 million in expenses. the full funding grant agreement is expected in november. that is the means by which the term federal transportation authority guarantees of the funding for the project. that is when the funding levels are agreed to. right now the project is in the final design phase which will be from -- has been running from june of this year until june 2012. the work is basically working on the design itself, plan specifications, estimates, but also, right away acquisitions, fta road map, it interagency coordination. the road map, which is attached to your documents, i believe it starts
Sep 23, 2010 5:30am PDT
properties that need to be taken completely. one is in chinatown. it has eight retail tenants on the first floor, 19 residential units. relocation needs to be done for those of depends. the mosconi station only has two commercial use tenants. in addition to these, there are various underground easements. earlier in july, the transportation authority approved the impact relocation study. it addressed how the 55 residents of chinatown will be relocated. they need to be provided comparable housing. that was approved. right now, the mta is negotiating the acquisition of the properties. they should go to bid by march of this year. also part of the project is an arts program, which is in accordance with seven to discuss city policy. -- san francisco city policy. the purpose of this is to commission some of our local pieces. right now, the budget for this portion is $14.5 million. basically, it is intended to enhance the rider's experience. you notice the station we have on market street right now are rather bare, except for advertising -- utilitarian is a better word. to that effect, in july of
Sep 7, 2010 7:00am PDT
. this is in chinatown, there is a sod that needed to be restored and protected. this is says mr. sanchez noted. there was the original brick in 1908 that needed to be protected. with respect to the stairway issue that mr. sanchez brought up, that was an issue that was discussed and actually there was different opinions. they waited until there was a new code on that issue in 2007 before the issue of the variance for the permit holder to abide by i would like to think the board of appeals for your time tonight, and i would also like to thank the planning department and dbi for the great job they have done providing this project. the environmental review with the permit nearly four years to complete. it was from the hard work of city officials that we were able to proceed with the project at 605 kearny street. i want to thank the people who signed the petition. iwe have over 1300 signatures ad all. we have signatures from across the country. from canada, taiwan, indonesia, china, and hong kong. we have signatures of our neighbors and members of the local chinatown association organization that h
Sep 3, 2010 9:00pm PDT
leave a gutted property and blight on kearny street in chinatown. the planning department has overseen a vigorous environmental analysis, and the 605 kearny street development team has fully worked with city officials during this project. extraordinary efforts have been made to follow the guidelines of the city planning department and dbi. the time it took to obtain the building permits, to get everything in place was well worth the effort, and we are requesting the board allow this project to move forward without delay. thank you. >> thank you. commissioners, the matter is before you. commissioner fung: i am sure everybody in the audience recognizes that i could speak for hours if we were to discuss the nature of ethnic enclaves, the nature of chinatown. many of us have been in that very discussion, such as myself, since the early 1970's. the issue before us is relatively narrow, but it has wide ranging impact. i think i would share with my fellow commissioners that is not necessarily the formal process, but during my tour at planning, we used to hear the continuation of conditional u
Sep 17, 2010 4:30pm PDT
for hearing that manifest [unintelligible] of the world class architectural heritage of chinatown, something i have devoted the last 11 years to. i believe this has been done inadvertently. the developer has incorrectly stated that i have not presented new evidence. i have. in the lead up to the past hearing. , this boards a good price has been abused. there is nothing to support the theory is in the lifetime of conditional use authorization that was the city's fault. it was the developer's fault. the other side has used double talk to create a situation that is not true. the problem with bricks on the ground floor is double talk for the need to submit plans which did not reflect demolition. they've spoken of a delay caused by it preservation of the first floor. i would like to show you photographs of the job site on the overhead and to ask with you exactly which would floor on the first floor has been preserved. the answer is none. since the hearing i have checked with a number of land use lawyers and professionals who have agreed that the lifetime of the variants is not sustained by conditio
Sep 23, 2010 6:00pm PDT
chinatown or north beach. the central subway projects project -- reduction of services to the stockton corridor. about 75,000 hours per year. we think even the existing state and local funds of $384 million, of which $123 million in prop k funds, might be a salvation of the muni system in the next few years as the city faces increasing budget deficits. we hope there will be some enlightened leadership, if not from our city, from washington, perhaps the fta themselves, independent agency that are not as potenbeholden to the politicl forces in the city, to guide us, in no way that will improve public transit for all of san francisco in the coming years. thank you. >commissioner chu: thank you. are there any other members of the putt that would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner dufty: i just want to comment, as a supervisor who has a district including the castro, i cannot imagine the sustainability of my neighborhood without rail transit. the central subway will offer the reliability of hundreds of thousands of people every year to go to chinatown in a ve
Sep 17, 2010 5:00pm PDT
. >> a scathing new report released today likens chinatown restaurants to sweat shops. the report says 50% of the workers don't even make minimum wage. abc 7 has the details. chinatown a favorite attraction with a hidden secret. according to a new report and uc berkeley public health it says 50% of the workers received less than minimum wage. 20% required to work more than 60 hours per week. 95% don't receive a living wage. >> there are all kinds of other violations of basic human lights rits. >> she was surprised. >> the work she did didn't afford her benefits or break time. she worked six days per week. only reason she had to keep on doing it was to support her family. >> then, there is this place. he says he earned $6 an hour and wasn't paid for two hours. the city went after the owner, she closed. >> nearly half of the complaints are from restaurant worker autos this is one of the restaurants cpa said had issue was working conditions and wages. they're able to recover wages for employees withheld but the restaurant has since changed ownership. we don't have an update on status. >> we
Sep 21, 2010 12:30am PDT
zoning use district map district and making conforming amendments to the chinatown and francisco general plan; adopting findings, including section 101.1. >> this ordinance is doing two different things. and the property in question, also known as old st. mary's church, individual landmark no. 2, it is the oldest church in san francisco, the oldest catholic church in california. currently is around chinatown visitor retail. as such, this property cannot sell their transferable development rights. only property is located in the c-three zoning district can do this. the first two components changing the general plan and zoning map, rezoning it to commercial, the downtown element contains a map where the general plan needs to be amended to swap the location of that zoning. the zoning map has to change. those are the two first components. the other component of the legislation falls section of planning 128 of the code. i have a brief presentation that i can go through, if you like, outlining how the program works. it is very confusing and it took me a while to understand the variety of compo
Sep 12, 2010 10:30am PDT
? >> the choreographer and dancer actually was a student of mine and residency in cameron house and chinatown. i developed a friendship with her over many years, and also with the spoken word artists. i met him at a benefit at one of the benefits in chinatown. it is part of that ongoing really rich relationship building that happens in our arts community. >> i got a chance to hear a little bit of your performance, and i am a big fan of john coltrane, and you play a phenomenal sax. can you tell me a little about your musical influences. >> a particular piece about john coltrane was he reached out to asia and his global vision. asia and his global vision. as an asian american growing up
Sep 1, 2010 4:30am EDT
from grace crass. the race. >> a new plan to chase young people from the streets of chinatown, not sitting well with everyone. 4:40 on this wednesday morning. earl is not having an impact locally. it is a category 4, sustained winds at 135 miles an hour. there's mid-level moisture in the air. the green means a lot of moisture. the orange area is the dry air. the hurricane has stronger upper level winds, which means it should weaken over the next couple days. it will brush the east coast. there's a 30% chance of tropical storm fay force winds along the delmarva peninsula beaches. there may be if you gusts around friday morning. total sunshine locally today, mid 90's. low 80's and sonny for the upcoming weekend. >>> there was an accident with a tractor trailer south and 95 virginia between thornburgh and ladysmith. the truck was carrying tires and the tires were burning. brushfires still happening in that area. the right lane is closed. if your going south through thornburgh heading toward richmond, the craright lane is blocked. back to you. >> thank you. >>> 74 degrees on this
Sep 8, 2010 4:30am EDT
takeover chinatown -- the lady takes over chinatown. we will check out the sights and sounds from outside lady gaga's sold-out show. >>> wednesday morning. adam caskey here with your forecast. good morning. we could use some moisture. it has been a few weeks without rain. there is one lucky shark moving into winchester and north of harrisburg and approaching the luray. it is warmer than yesterday. 76 right now at reagan national. yesterday, 94 was the high temperature. the record today is 100. i believe we will be a few degrees cooler than yesterday. upper 80's for most of us. becoming breezy. and becoming less humid because of the cold front. breezy and sunny tomorrow near 80. upper 70's to finish off the workweek. sunny and near 80 this weekend. >> thank you. >>> 73 degrees outside. it has been a long time. >>> >> thank you. >>> a break from politics. there was dance of all tie. broadway, have pop. michelle obama posted the event. there was a workshop for dance students from across the country. >>> one of the music industry's hottest star is never short on controversy. >> lady gaga perf
Sep 19, 2010 6:30pm PDT
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Sep 26, 2010 9:30am PDT
and residency in cameron house and chinatown. i developed a friendship with her over many years, and also with the spoken word artists. i met him at a benefit at one of the benefits in chinatown. it is part of that ongoing really rich relationship building that happens in our arts community. >> i got a chance to hear a little bit of your performance, and i am a big fan of john coltrane, and you play a phenomenal sax. can you tell me a little about your musical influences. >> a particular piece about john coltrane was he reached out to asia and his global vision. as an asian american growing up and coming up in this country seeking some recognition, that was a very meaningful, making that kind of contribution. i really owe a debt to john coltrane for recognizing my culture and uplifting it as part of the music as well. >> i know that your family history is really rich and complex in terms of illustrating how the chinese has occurred over the last two centuries. it could talk about that? >> it began in the 1870's, when my great grandfather, instead of coming with everybody else to the unite
Sep 15, 2010 6:00pm PDT
of the turn of the century, 605 kearny street was not considered part of chinatown. i spoke with one of our commissioners and is now considered part of chinatown. i have no objections -- basically, i have no objections to the construction, but it really looks bad to have the front of the building -- it is a fairly wealthy current structure. w height be set back a bit so the actm1(hj preserves the architecture of the original building. thank you. president peterson: thank you. is there any other public comment? seeing none at -- seeing none, commissioners, the matter is submitted. fung:ru8n commissioners, during the last that i would probably take back, and that is the statement that i felt the clock started with the recording of the variants -- excuse me, the special conditions. that is probably├▒j not a good point to have made in a public body, and that the recording is done and dependent upon the permit holders whenever he wanted to do that. prior to the discussion tonight, it was really apparent to me that the appropriate time when the clock started was the issuance of the variance, and
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